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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Glavineland and Quisenberria

On Monday, I wrote a piece in which I divided the United States into 50 states of equal population. Today, I’m dividing the country up in order to evenly distribute a small segment of its population: professional athletes.

Thanks to the sports-reference.com family of websites (and ESPN player profiles, league sites, and Wikipedia), I was able to find the birthplace of every American player currently in any one of the four major sports. Click on the buttons below for an animated look at where ...

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BrianBrianson Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: americana

Imperfect Caminiti still terribly missed

They found Ken Caminiti 10 years ago this week, found him in a boarded-up, rat-infested hellhole in the decayed Hunts Point section of the Bronx, found him dead at 41, found him dead from a drug overdose, found him after he got busted by Houston cops a month earlier in Houston, found a legend finally put to God-awful rest by his demons.

I think about the former Padres third baseman every once in a while. Because I really liked him. Among all the athletes I’ve dealt with in my 43 years in ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, ken caminiti, padres

LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES DAY 6 OMNICHATTER 2014

Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cardinals (Shelby Miller), Game 4, Cardinals lead 2-1 (Advance to NLCS with win). 5 PM Eastern, FS1.

Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) at Giants (Vogelsong), Game 4, Giants lead 2-1 (Advance to NLCS with win). 9 PM Eastern, FS1.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 07, 2014 at 09:41 AM | 794 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Salvador Perez’s Disturbing Trends | FanGraphs

Right now he’s trending toward a World Series appearance.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:36 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, salvador perez

MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog

The Arizona Fall League begins today. Other than the all star game, are any other games televised? I’ve looked for the info but can’t find a schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: afl

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-7-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, October 7, 1914:

J. Carlisle (Red) Smith, star third baseman of the champion Boston Nationals, is in St. Mary’s Hospital, Brooklyn, suffering from a badly fractured and dislocated right leg. He sustained his injury in the ninth inning of [yesterday’s] doubleheader at Ebbets Field. Attending physicians are hopeful that Smith’s career has not been ruined, but they are still doubtful.
...
[Dr. Herbert Casey] reported an anterior dislocation of the ankle joint of the right ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:24 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, red smith

Dodgers are in big trouble, and a frustrated Kemp sounds off on ump - CBSSports.com

Ultimately, the players need to overcome whatever game conditions they face.

“You’ve got to be accountable, man,” Kemp continued. “When we do bad things, we get punished. We can get sent down. When stuff like that happens, you should be gone. There should be some type of punishment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs, umpires

Tony Bennett Sings Wrong Words To ‘God Bless America’ At Giants Game (Video) | MLB | NESN.com

It was like watching Willie Mays at the end. Please MLB, don’t do it again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 08:02 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - Recap - October 06, 2014 - ESPN

The error was not pretty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals, playoffs

Cardinals Ride John Lackey and Two Home Runs to Win Over Dodgers - NYTimes.com

The veteran right-hander John Lackey wore a different shade of red last October when he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title in Game 6. His opponent that night in New England was the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that traded for him this summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 06, 2014

Fangraphs (Sullivan): What Happened to Clayton Kershaw?

Another great Jeff Sullivan article breaking down, visually, how Clayton Kershaw suffered his historic meltdown versus the Cardinals:

In Game 1 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and the Cardinals, Kershaw was provided with a 6-1 lead. He left a 7-6 deficit, and shortly thereafter he was charged with run number eight. You already understand that the game was insane…ut Clayton Kershaw allowed eight runs. I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to try to figure out how something like that can ...

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Fox Sports (Robothal): Sick of Red Sox-Yankees? Then watch the Orioles-Royals ALCS

Well, SugarBear Blanks begs to differ, for one:

I mean, this is what many of you want, right? People tell me all the time, “The networks need to show teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox.” Well, thanks to the outcomes of the two American League Division Series, fans no longer will be bound and gagged and forced to watch the despicable Northeast monsters against their collective will.

So, will you be glued to your televisions? I mean, it’s put up or shut up time, right? The Orioles and ...

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KHSB: Royals Players Celebrate Sweep By Inviting Fans to Party With Them in Downtown KC

They’re making it impossible not to like them.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was an especially late night for some of the Kansas City Royals. They spent the night celebrating with fans after sweeping the American League Division Series.

After the game, some of the players invited fans to celebrate the victory with them at McFadden’s Bar in Kansas City’s Power & Light District.

Eric Hosmer announced the after-party on Twitter. He thanked fans for their love this season, and to return the favor he ...

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Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: October 06, 2014 at 02:53 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: kansas city, playoffs, royals

James: The Greatest Bench Players of All Time (membership req.)

Johnny Bench called.

this is my list of the ten best bench seasons ever; I’m actually happy with eight of the ten listed seasons.

First   Last     YEAR	G	AB	HR	RBI	Avg	OBA	SPct	OPS	
Oscar   Gamble	 1979	100	274	19	64	.358	.456	.609	1.065	
Mark    McGwire  2000	89	236	32	73	.305	.483	.746	1.229	
Gavy    Cravath	 1919	83	214	12	45	.341	.438	.640	1.078	
Elmer   Valo     1955	112	283	3	37	.364	.460	.484	 .944	
Ted     Williams 1953	37      91      13      34      .407    .509	.901    1.410	
Babe ...
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The District Attorney Posted: October 06, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, sabermetrics

Royals catcher Salvador Perez was ‘foggy’ after blow to head in Game 2

Royals catcher Salvador Perez said he felt ‘‘dizzy’’ and “foggy’’ after taking a blow to the head during Game 2 of the American League Division Series, even though he remained in the game.

Speaking before Game 3 on Sunday night, Perez said Royals manager Ned Yost and trainer Nick Kenney asked him a series of questions and made sure he was OK before letting him to continue. The Royals won 4-1 in 11 innings, putting them on the brink of sweeping the Los Angeles Angels in their ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:37 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, concussions, royals, salvador perez

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-6-2014

Pittsburgh Press, October 6, 1914:

When you applaud a ball player who has just made a great catch and yell “Good boy, Jones!” maybe you are applauding a man named Bascom. There are now 32 players in the major and minor leagues known to be playing under assumed names. How many others are using nom de bats is hard to tell. Many of them are college boys who started professional careers under false names and kept them after becoming well known.

The principal reason for the change of name is family ...

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Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:34 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Orioles sweep sends Tigers into a Yankees-like winter | New York Post

Are the Tigers really as bad as the Yankees? Except for their bullpen, I say no.

The Tigers have a lot of Yankees in them. In its owner’s obsession for a title, Detroit has grown expensive, star-laden and old.
...
There was a period when Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were simultaneously the best pitcher and hitter on the planet, and last year Cabrera won the MVP and Max Scherzer the Cy Young. Yet, the Tigers were unable to win it all in their primes together, and now have to contemplate ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Deadline duds: Big-ticket trades yield October sorrow

Sometimes making the right move doesn’t matter in the playoff dice game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, tigers, trades

Fernando Tatis has officially retired

I thought he retired long ago…

WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: October 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: retirements

What Bud Selig Hath Wrought—NYMag

I usually like Will Leitch’s stuff. I don’t like this piece. Commissioners aren’t all-knowing, omnipotent deities.They are men managing complicated, high-profile *businesses*. In Selig’s case, despite some errors along the away, he’s done a tremendous job juggling the business and PR sides of his job. He’s been able to do so because he holds real power. To strip his replacement of such power would not be an improvement.

So maybe it’s time to think about changing the job description? Joe ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 08:20 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner

Dave Wallace thrives with the Orioles - Sports - The Boston Globe

It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody.

That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave wallace, general, orioles, pitching coaches

Trout troubled by Royals’ high heat - The Orange County Register

Mike Trout is the definitive best player in baseball and has been for at least two full seasons now, probably three. There is no reasonable rebut to that.
But, for the first time since he announced himself as such, Trout enters an offseason with an obvious flaw: He can’t hit the high fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Appreciative Royals revel in celebration with fans | MLB.com

Royals win, despite the burning hate of all sabermetricians.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, playoffs, royals

Rany on the Royals: 1985.

Rany is so happy he wrote a song.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals

Cruz, Orioles Beat Tigers 2-1 for ALDS Sweep - NYTimes.com

O’s sweep and close the Tigers playoff window.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, tigers

DIVISION SERIES DAY 5 OMNICHATTER 2014

The ALDSes are settled, but the NL still remains!

Washington (Fister) at San Francisco (Bumgarner), 5 PM Eastern, Giants lead series 2-0, advance to NLCS with win

Dodgers (Ryu) at Cardinals (Lackey), 9 PM Eastern, series tied 1-1.

CHATTER UP!

Gamingboy Posted: October 06, 2014 at 12:21 AM | 426 comment(s)
  Beats: omnichatter

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Kansas City abuzz with excitement over Royals’ postseason games - ESPN

That’s nothing. People paid more to not see Derek Jeter play in his last series in Fenway.

The average price for Game 3 is even higher at $440, or well more than double the next-highest price tag for a team’s opening home game ($181 for the Giants).

After a 29-year drought, the Royals have won three postseason games—all in extra innings.
The average price for division series tickets across Missouri, in St. Louis, meanwhile, was roughly $90, the lowest tab among the postseason teams, according ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, royals


Who are the 2014 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I) | Articles | Bill James Online

Here’s some early insight into the Gold Glove race.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, defense, gold gloves, sabermetrics

Dodgers get off mat, even NLDS on Kemp’s blast | MLB.com

Kemp makes a big impact.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, playoffs

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